Kendal Murray’s miniature sculptures stage dream-like narratives that are played out by microscopic identities with giant personalities. Short stories and tall tales are enacted in a range of playful and dramatic scenarios that are imbued with social, symbolic and personal meaning. Glass teapots, grass-covered purses, mirrored makeup compacts and open books set the stage for each scenario, offering the delight of the unexpected, the puzzle of a question and the possibility of a dream escape into make-believe worlds.
Artist and designer Diana Beltran Herrera creates stunning accurate reproductions of birds using paper. The fragile sculptures are a mix of private commissions and pieces for several luxury brands who use her work in displays and advertising.
By superimposing copies of her models’ faces made into origami on their original portraits, Alma Haser creates interesting, although unsettling, images. The London artist creates these cubist-like images by printing multiple copies of her subject’s face, making them into origami, and then shooting the original photograph with the origami placed on top. This method allows Haser to bring her photography into another dimension. She is not only capturing or representing her models, but completely recreating them.
Although in the artist’s statement Haser never explicitly describes the play on words and relationship between “cosmic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery,” the viewer can imagine a future dystopia where manipulation and ideals of beauty, now unrecognizable to us, could exist. She writes, ” There is something quite alien about the manipulated faces, as if they belong to some futuristic next generation.”
Coral reefs come in many shapes, sizes and colours. Not only are they important to the oceans, but to the environment as a whole. Acting as the ‘rainforests of the sea’, coral reefs are home to a large array of diverse animals and plants, as well as being natural breakwaters which help to minimize the impact and damage from natural disasters such as cyclones. Coral reefs are not only beautiful, they are essentially life-sustaining, providing shelter for animals, which then feed people living near the reefs.
In Mattison’s show Our Changing Seas III, the artist creates large scale ceramic coral reef sculptures, some white and some coloured, in order to show the effects that global warming has on the reefs. The vibrant reefs begin to be swallowed up by the bleached, dying reefs. The artist hopes that her work can influence others to act fast to protect the reefs while there is still time to save the living ones, and hopefully restore the bleached reefs to their once vibrant and life-sustaining selves.
Jane Ladan works with the colours of these reefs to create her wearable art. The Mauritius-born artist, who is based in Ottawa, creates works that celebrate the rich colours and textures that are found in nature. She also uses Mauritius’ unique cultural blend, with influences coming from countries such as China and India, and its environment, mixing exotic flowers with undersea foliage, to help shape how she expresses herself creatively.
Where Mattison creates work to encourage preservation, Ladan creates work with a similar theme, in the sense that the beauty of her pieces should be seen as a reminder of the beauty of all natural things; in order to keep appreciating this beauty, we must do our part to help preserve it.
Juan Geuer was an artist whose works resulted from a harmonious blend of art and science. The artists’ most well-known piece is “Al Asnaam” (1979), which permanently resides at the Ottawa Art Gallery.
The piece includes a highly sensitive horizontal pendulum, which reacts to movements on the Earth’s surface, later translating those movements through a laser-light which pierces the space to project itself onto the opposing wall. The room in which the piece resides becomes part of the installation, and the people walking around the piece inside the room help create very minute ‘earthquakes’ with every step they take; or what the piece reads as earthquakes. It is known as a “people participating seismometer”, which in turn helps audiences become aware of the effect that our daily movements have on the Earth’s surface.
Ken Goldberg is a professor and artist whose collaborative work “Bloom” (2013) utilizes his geographic location, almost a kilometre and a half away from California’s Hayward Fault line, to create an “Internet-based earthwork”. This work tracks the low-level movements of the fault line, showing that even when there is no massive quake, the ground below us is constantly moving, pulling different ways, and grumbling away unnoticed. The webpage that supports this work, broadcasts these movements live, translating them into bursts of vibrant colours.
The works of these two artists, help us to understand both how we impact our own Earth’s movements, and just how unpredictable those movements can be.
Fashion Special Prize (€ 5,000 to the most creative collection) was awarded to Anita Hirlekar’s collection, with a stiff block power silhouettes broken up by knotty strokes in colourfully embroidered and subtle sheer panels. She experimented with the hand felting technique on various fabrics such as silk, knit, velvet, lace and polyester to achieve different textures and volume. Hirlekar said she was inspired by the paintings of twin brothers Gert & Uwe Tobias.
As the iron Dome intercepted two rockets palestinian militants have fired above Tel Aviv, I was delighted to accompany our founder/creative director, Sharon Esther, to the annual graduate show of the department of fashion design at Shenkar College, fully aware that the deepest purpose of art is to provide a distance between us and our most disturbing personal truths and fears (- Richard Russo) and as it turned out, we were definitely in good company.
Golan Taub opened the show with a collection that served as a form of 3D illustrated visual art, with all the pieces sharing a cartoonish quality, made from vinyl straps in shades of pink red and yellow and blue - colorful and joyous like the smartest kid in kindergarten was suddenly a couturist.
As a lover of 3D design and sculpted avant-garde creations, needless to say this was one of my favorite collections, including the work of Noa Raviv, which deals with the connection between art and design, combining personal expression with an understanding of technology and 3D printing techniques.
The show hosted a wide range of design approaches, creating a mix of interesting manipulations, prints, and a broad range of materials and is already considered one of the most memorable graduate shows in recent years, and for more than one reason.
This may not be new, but i had to feature the gorgeous Karlie Kloss captured here by Gregory Harris for the October (2013) Issue of Interview Magazine. Styled by Elin Svahn. Make-up by Francelle and hair by Sandy Hullett.
Following the success of his debut collection (MY by Michael Yuabov) fashion designer Michael Yuabov launches his equally stunning S/S 2014 collection “Happily Ever After.”
The collection is optimistic, floral and colorful, and it continues to play on the womanly trends that made his pieces flatter the female figure on his previous collection.
Michael’s intelligent proportions and shapes showcases undeniable wearability without leading the collection down a drab path to boring or tired designs, and this lightness could be found as much in the color palette as it could in his smart choice of fabrics.
With brocade jacquard jackets and paintings by Scooter LaForge, headpieces designed by Jacques Blankwater, and an overall rich, exotic and fresh look, Walter Van Beirendonck is back with his mouthwatering S/S 2015, and soon our inspiration boards will be teeming with his images, as expected.
A photographer, sculptor, and installation artist, ‘Maïmouna’ Patrizia Guerresi reveals unique and authentic sensibilities in her narration of the beauty and subtleties of racial diversity and multiculturalism.
Over an established career, she has developed her own symbolism, which combines cosmological and ancestral traditions belonging to various European, African, and Asian cultures.
"I believe that fashion is all about the correct blend of humor, creativity, and a commitment to excellence."
After her mesmerizing graduate collection was published in several media sources, including Vogue Italia and FashionTV, Liat Brandel Gilon has resurfaced with an incredibly smart - yet functional collection, equipped with a dynamic appearance and some bold basics palette of colors.
The perfect fit and clear design make it ideal for women who wants to combine the highest quality with fashionable charm. Whether styled with sporty accessories or worn pure - it offers luxury, without the necessity to empty your wallets. Enjoy!